Held in Trust: A National Convening on Conservation and Preservation

Division of Preservation and Access

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for a three-year cooperative agreement of up to $500,000 to evaluate current national infrastructure in conservation and make recommendations to strengthen preservation of cultural heritage for present and future generations. Project activities will include planning and hosting a national convening for conservation and allied professionals, and publishing and disseminating a report establishing a national strategic vision for preservation and related resources for conservators, allied professionals, educators, professional organizations, thought leaders, and the general public.

This program is aligned with “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary. As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, this cooperative agreement will assess the current state of, and challenges facing the preservation of our nation’s cultural heritage. Drawing upon the work of current thought leaders and practitioners, the national convening should establish a forward-looking vision for the field and identify resources necessary to accomplish those goals. This vision will be communicated through a report and related resources recommending strategic actions that can be taken by stakeholders leading up to the Semiquincentennial in 2026. Activities and resources under this cooperative agreement should be developed in connection with the “A More Perfect Union” initiative.

The national convening will bring together leaders in areas of conservation, conservation science, education, historic preservation, material culture, and related fields. Convening participants will include representatives from universities, libraries, historic houses, museums, archives, national professional organizations, regional conservation centers, and private practice. Convening topics should include issues currently facing the field as well as future needs and challenges in the preservation of cultural heritage.

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Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Download Application Materials

Held in Trust: A National Convening on Conservation and Preservation Notice of Funding Opportunity, December 2019 (PDF) 
Grants.gov Application Package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget, August 2019 (PDF) 
Budget Form, August 2019 (XLS)

Program Resources

Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF)
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)

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